For the fifth year running, York University ranks among the top 10 per cent of universities in the 2014 GreenMetric World University Ranking on sustainability, receiving high scores in transportation, waste and water management.
The awards are intended to raise awareness of the important work that sustainability champions are doing at York University, to provide much-deserved recognition of their work and to encourage others to get involved in sustainability initiatives on the University’s campuses. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 20.
Some of the University’s sustainability successes include a 30 per cent reduction in energy use since 2007, a new farmers’ market, the diversion from landfill of 65 per cent of the University’s waste and being named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2013 and 2014.
Longtime University advocates James and Joanne Love have donated a landmark $2.5 million gift, which will go towards research chairs in the Lassonde School of Engineering and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, and will advance the University’s leadership in environmental sustainability, teaching, research and practice.
Jennifer Foster, professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and chair of the new Task Force on Sustainability Research, has announced the members of the new task force, which will be chaired by Foster and is comprised of individuals from the University and community.
Environmental Studies Professor Jennifer Foster appointed chair of Task Force on Sustainability Research
Foster is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners-Ontario Professional Planners’ Institute and the coordinator of York’s Urban Ecologies Program. Her research focuses on urban planning, urban environmental justice, habitat creation and novel ecologies, and environmental aesthetics.
The Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation will sponsor a task force during the 2014-15 academic year to examine options and develop ideas for highlighting and further building York University’s research strengths in sustainability.
On Tuesday, April 22 at 2pm, the York University community is invited to an Earth Day Celebration in the lobby of the Life Sciences Building. The event will pay tribute to a number of sustainability achievements across York’s campuses and includes the presentation of the inaugural President’s Sustainability Leadership Awards.
Calling all students. Do you want to have a say in York University’s sustainability and social justice policies? Then get involved by running to be a part of the President’s Sustainability Council Student Sub-Committee for the 2014/2015 academic year.
All York students, staff and faculty are encouraged to fill out the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability campus survey, “Are you an Active Bystander? Building a safer community, together”, by March 28 for a chance to win a monthly TTC Metropass.